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- Local senators seek leadership changes
- Goodyear talks to resume
- One dead Two wounded in Anniston Shooting
- JSU Volleyball team hopes to make history
Local senators seek leadership changes
Six Democratic state senators on Wednesday
invited other senators, including the 12 Republicans, to join them to
form a majority that could seize control of the chamber from an
all-Democratic coalition Sen. Lowell Barron has led since 1999.
Sen. E.B. McClain, of Midfield, said at a press
conference at the State House wednesday that The six pledge to the
citizens of Alabama to organize the Senate in a cooperative and
bipartisan manner. Sen. Larry Means, D-Attalla, said a Senate run
over the next four years by the six Democrats plus whoever joins them
could give Republican Gov. Bob Riley's agenda a more favorable hearing
than it's had the past four years. The six Democratic senators are
McClain, Means, Tom Butler of Madison, Jimmy Holley of Elba, Phil
Poole of Moundville and Jim Preuitt of Talladega. If those six joined
with the 12 Republican senators elected Tuesday, they would form a
coalition of 18 senators, a majority of the 35-member Senate that in
January could write the Senate's operating rules and appoint its
leaders for the next four years. Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia
Hillssaid he saw no reason the 12 Republican senators wouldn't accept
the offer to form a governing coalition with the six. McClain said he
hoped more Democratic senators would join them to form a ruling
Democrats clearly are in the Senate majority.
Voters on Tuesday apparently elected 23 Democrats and 12 Republicans
to the state Senate, though one close race still had not been called
late Wednesday. That compares to the 25 Democrats and 10 Republicans
who were there the past four years.
But most of the Democratic senators, including
seven of eight black senators, could hold much less powerful positions
if the six Democrats who spoke Wednesday join with the Republicans.
Goodyear talks to resume
Talks will resume next week between Goodyear Tire
& Rubber Co. and the United Steelworkers. Negotiators for Goodyear
Thursday afternoon were on their way back to Cincinnati in hopes of
restarting contract talks with the United Steelworkers. Union
officials said they will be traveling Monday, with talks perhaps
beginning as early as Tuesday. Wednesday, Goodyear sent its
employees a summary of the company's Oct. 27 contract offer and said
the company is willing to begin talks again "with no preconditions."
The letter said that as a show of good faith, company negotiators were
returning to Cincinnati "with the hope that your union's bargainers
will do likewise and resume bargaining. The union went on strike Oct.
5 after contract talks broke down. Dennis Battles, president of Local
12 of the USW, said talks likely will begin Tuesday. Local 12
represents about 1,250 striking workers at the Gadsden plant. Battles
said he wants to look closely at the company's latest offer to get
The contract offer as detailed by Goodyear says the Gadsden plant,
along with 10 other U.S. plants, would be protected and a minimum of
$447 million would be spent on capital improvements in those plants in
the next three years. Goodyear has announced plans to close its
Tyler, Texas, plant. Goodyear said in its letter to employees that
the company would contribute $660 million to start the trust fund to
finance retiree health care, and $1 of future cost-of-living
adjustments would be diverted to the trust. It said profit sharing may
be directed to the fund by the USW. The union said if a trust is
established to provide retiree health care, it should be funded
properly. Goodyear said in the letter that while the union had
rejected its latest offer, officials hoped the membership would be
allowed to vote on the offer.
Goodyear announced a $48 million third-quarter loss Thursday.
One Dead two wounded in Anniston Shooting
One man is dead, two wounded and another man is
in jail today charged with murder following a shooting in Norwood
Homes in Anniston. Police say that shots were fired outside of a
building in the housing complex just before 6 p.m. Thursday evening.
According to Calhoun County Coroner Bill Partridge 29 year old
Christopher Toson, of McClellan Boulevard, died at 6:48 p.m. of two
gunshot wounds to the torso. 28 year oldCarlton R. Lane, also of
McClellan Boulevard, was arrested late Thursday night and charged
with murder. Police said that Another victim, a female, was shot in
the neck and was in surgery at Regional Medical Center around 9 p.m.
Thursday. investigators said the woman had been about two blocks away
at the time of the shooting and was hit by a ricocheting bullet.
Police said a stray bullet struck another victim,
a man, in the arm. Police said neither of the wounded individuals were
involved in the shooting but were.
JSU Volleyball team hopes to make history this
The JSU volleyball team could make history this
weekend. The Gamecocks will wrap up their regular season scheduled
with matches this weekend against Eastern Illinois and Southeast
Missouri at Pete Mathews Coliseum. If JSU wins their two matches this
weekend, they will become the seventh team in OVC history and the
first since 2000 to go through the conference regular season
undefeated. If they post sweeps in both matches, they will become the
first team in conference history to go through the league and never
lose a game. The Gamecocks are currently working on a 15 game overall
winning streak, which is a school record, and 24 straight over OVC
opponents. The Team has won 45 straight games.
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